Fear Of Long Words - Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

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Do they do this just for a laugh?

Why else would they name a phobia in a way that would cause the person suffering the phobia to face their fear? Personally, if I had the job of naming ‘the fear of long words’ I would create a word that was as small as possible.

I mean who knows what people consider to be a ‘long word’, for someone it might mean a word over 20 characters long, while for another it might be someone as short as a 10 letter word. But then again maybe naming the fear of long words, Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, is a good thing - because when people realise that they have it, they are forced to face their fears straight away.

For those of you who may be thinking that I am making this all up, or being caught up in an ellaborate internet hoax, I noticed that Dictionary.com has it listed here.

However, it seems that the word most commonly used for the fear of long words is a tiny bit smaller - Sesquipedalophobia.

fear of long words - hippopotonostrosesquipedaliophobia

What Causes A Fear Of Long Words?

There are a few different reasons that a person develops Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, such as:

  • Problems with their speech - such as stammering
  • A bad experience where a word was pronounced wrong and caused embarrassment
  • Even watching someone else have a bad experience with long words

The causes of fears such as the fear of long words are usually brought upon someone by something simple like the scenario’s above - but that doesn’t mean they are easy to get rid of.

What Symptoms Does The Fear Of Long Words Cause?

The fear of long words cause:

  • breath to become short and breathe frequently
  • irregularity in your heartbeat
  • panic attacks
  • the sufferer feel nervous
    This can also cause them to become unable to utter the simplist of sentences

How To Cure The Fear Of Long Words

Phobias like this one cannot be cured with medicines or drugs as it is a mental condition. Sufferers need to find out the reason that long words cause them to have panic attacks. They need to look at the underlying causes.

This can be done by talking to a speech therapist or looking into NLP.